On Tuesday, Papa John’s Pizza chose to apologize after CEO John Schnatter made brash comments. He blamed their slow sales on NFL player’s who have chosen to kneel while the national anthem is played.
For some time, the Louisville, Kentucky-based corporation has been a big-time NFL sponsor and advertiser. However, on Nov. 1, Schnatter said that how the NFL was currently running, has put a hurting on shareholders of the company. He went on to say that they should have “nipped” the protest in the bud some time ago.
Afterward, in a tweet from the company said they were willing to work with the players and the league to find a more positive way to move on from the issue.
Papa John’s Franchise Apologizes After Ceo’s Remarks
In another tweet, they say that their comments on their earnings was only to inform people what factors impact their business.
They went on to apologize to anyone they say may have thought they were divisive. The company says that it was not their intention to do so.
In their final tweet, Papa John’s said that they believe that it is everyone’s right to protest inequality. Also, that they support the players’ movement in creating a new platform for change. However, they also believe that as Americans, people should honor the national anthem.
During last the last football season, Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the movement. Kaepernick began to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against the mistreatment of black people by police. President Donald Trump was at a rally this past September in Alabama and chose to comment on the issue. He told them that he feels that team owners should do away with players who choose to kneel during the anthem. Those statements sparked an outrage with players, so, even more, began to kneel.